Six Brown Basketball Players Named To Honors Court For Academic Excellence

Brown Leads NCAA Division I With Six Named To NABC Honors Court

Providence, RI –  The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced that six members of the Brown men's basketball team have been named to the Honors Court, recognizing those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2009-2010 season.  Brown had the highest number of student-athletes honored among all Division I teams.

Named to the Honors Court from Brown are Steve Gruber '10 (Milwaukee, WI), Garrett Leffelman '11 (Naperville, IL), Matt Mullery '10 (Millstone, NJ), Peter Sullivan '11 (Wilmette, IL), Chris Taylor '11 (Plymouth, MN) and Adrian Williams '11 (Atlanta, GA).

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.  In order to qualify for the honors court, the student-athlete must be an upperclassman and carry a 3.2 gpa or higher at the conclusion of the 2009-2010 academic year, and play for an NCAA or NAIA institution.

All six Brown players are major contributors for the Bears, with each player earning a starting role during the season.  

Gruber started four games for the Bears and scored a career high 15 points against Yale.  He connected on 8 of 10 free throws and 3 of 5 field goals in the win over the Elis.

Leffelman came on strong at the end of the season, starting Brown's last 11 games and scoring in double figures in seven of those games.  He was the Ivy League's second leading marksman, shooting 55-percent from the field, while averaging 12.0 points per game in league games.

Mullery, a second team All-Ivy selection and Academic All-American, led the Bears in scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) and is Brown's all-time leader in career blocked shots.

Sullivan has scored 1,036 career points for the Bears, 21st best on Brown's all-time scoring list.  He was the only Brown player to start all 31 games last season, setting a new Brown record for games started in a season, while averaging 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

Taylor played in 29 games, a year ago, earning five starts. He pulled down a career high seven rebounds against Providence.

Williams played in all 31 games a year ago and netted a season high 17 points against Kean, hitting 5 of 7 treys, while also connecting on 5 of 7 treys in scoring 15 points against Dartmouth.   His 42 treys led last year's team after hitting a team high 58 treys two years ago.